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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 105850929 - Whitestone Logging, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Alaska

Nr: 105850929Report ID: 1050210Open Date: 08/23/1991

Whitestone Logging, Inc
Wukuklook Circle
Hoonah, AK 99829
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
Mailing: P.O. Box 389, Hoonah, AK 99829

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/24/1991
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:02/11/1992

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,000
Current Penalty $500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 70130 D05 10/14/1991 10/17/1991 $500 $1,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14305684Event: 08/23/1991Employee Killed When Crushed By Falling Lodged Tree
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on August 13, 1991, Employee #1 was working as a faller on a hillside approximately 150 ft above a logging road where he was opening up a cutting strip. He attempted to fell the twelfth consecutive tree (a small 19 in. diameter hemlock) so that it would fall slightly downhill and to the left of a large 36 in. diameter hemlock that was located 36 ft away. The small tree lodged in the large hemlock, resulting in a hang-up. The employee chose to clear the hang-up by felling the large hemlock. He cleared out his escape path to the right and then felled the large hemlock across a small drainage and slightly to the right. The falling hemlock carried the small lodged tree over the escape path so that it fell across the escape path. The small tree then deflected downhill toward the large stump, crushing and killing Employee #1, who had apparently stepped in a small hole and tripped.
Keywords: tree felling, lodged tree, crushed, struck by, falling object, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 105850929 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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